"He's like my fungus, it's great," Fox News quoted Abdul as telling Tarts. "There is some fighting on the first show of course or it wouldn't be Paula and Simon. I tried not sitting next to him but it didn't work. I've switched seats many times but somehow I always have to end up next to him," she added.
Meanwhile, Abdul credits herself for inspiring modern pop stars like Rihanna and Beyonce Knowles. The singer, who first tasted fame in the 1980's after selling over 23 million records worldwide, took a musical hiatus in 2000. She subsequently relaunched her career as a judge on the hit TV talent show and returned to the pop charts in 2008.
Now, the crooner has said that she's convinced her long running career and her forward thinking music videos have paved the way for the music stars of today.